- Tuesday, 18 June 2013
Michael Wood credits his goal-kicking prowess to a tried and trusted formula: Keep It Simple.
The 18-year-old was presented with his Subiaco bomber jacket as part of club tradition following his fifth senior game against Swan Districts on Saturday.
The presentation was made by 1973 premiership captain Ross Smith.
The lightly built forward has taken to senior football like a duck to water and has already booted ten goals. Wood credits his accuracy in front of the big sticks to an established goal-kicking routine.
“I’ve always been taught to stick to my routine, and not to focus on the wind or anything, I just try to kick it straight and hopefully it goes straight,” He said.
“I watch (West Coast Eagle) Mark LeCras a fair bit and the way he goes about it, I try to copy what he does a lot.”
Wood started this season as a second year colts player under coach Steven Armstrong, and took his goal kicking tally to 66 from just 26 games before catching the eye of Lions Senior coach Jarrad Schofield.
“I definitely noticed the step up from colts to WAFL, Mainly the size of the guys and the pace.” Wood said.
At 186 cm and 74 kilograms, Wood is one of the lightest members of the Lions squad, however he’s a far cry from when he first entered Subiaco’s development system less that two seasons ago when he weighed only 65 kilograms.
“I have to use my brains a lot more, I don’t want to get in too many one on one situations, I want to be getting it out on the lead so I’m not outmuscling my opponent, but just reading the ball drop early and then just holding him in a position where he’s not going to mark it…those are the things I focus on” Wood said.